Manage project and solution properties

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Projects have properties that govern many aspects of compilation, debugging, testing and deploying. Some properties are common among all project types, and some are unique to specific languages or platforms.

You access project properties by right-clicking the project node in Solution Explorer and choosing Properties, or by typing properties into the search box on the menu bar and choosing Properties Window from the results.

Screenshot of the Solution Explorer context menu with the Properties option highlighted.

Screenshot of the Solution Explorer context menu with the Properties option highlighted.

.NET projects might also have a properties node in the project tree itself.

Screenshot of Solution Explorer with a Properties node showing.

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Managing solution and project properties (Visual Studio for Mac).

Project properties

Project properties are organized into groups, and each group has its own property page. The pages might be different for different languages and project types.

C#, Visual Basic, and F# projects

In C#, Visual Basic, and F# projects, properties are exposed in the .NET Project Designer.

The following screenshot shows the Build property page in the .NET Project Designer for a console project in C#:

Screenshot of the Project Designer, with the Build tab selected.

Screenshot of the Project Designer, with the Build tab selected.

The following screenshot shows the Compile property page in the .NET Project Designer for a console project in Visual Basic:

Screenshot of the Project Designer, with the Compile tab selected.

Screenshot of the Project Designer, with the Compile tab selected.

For more information about each of the Project Designer properties, see What is the .NET Project Designer.

Tip

Solutions have a few properties, and so do project items; these properties are accessed in the Properties window, not the .NET Project Designer.

C++ and JavaScript projects

C++ and JavaScript projects have a different user interface for managing project properties. The following screenshot shows a C++ project property page (JavaScript pages are similar):

Screenshot of the C++ project properties page.

For information about C++ project properties, see Work with project properties (C++). For more information about JavaScript properties, see Property pages, JavaScript.

Solution properties

To access properties on the solution, right click the solution node in Solution Explorer and choose Properties. In the dialog, you can set project configurations for Debug or Release builds, choose which projects should be the startup project when F5 is pressed, and set code analysis options.

Solution properties are stored in a Solution User Options (.suo) file. For more information about this file type, see the "Solution file" section of the Solutions and projects in Visual Studio page.

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